Denis Peterson's paintings have shown at Butler Institute of American Art, Whitney Museum, Smithsonian, Brooklyn Museum, Corcoran MPA, Springville Museum and galleries throughout USA and Europe. His work can be found among the most highly respected art collections worldwide. Peterson taught drawing and illustration at LIU, SUNY and Pratt where he earned a Painting MFA and Teaching Fellowship. One of the first Photorealists to emerge in New York, Peterson is widely regarded as the primary architect of Hyperrealism, a counter-culture splinter art movement founded on the aestheics of Photorealism.
He distinguished Hyperrealism from Photorealism through signiture nuances: altered depth of field, subtle color transitions and illusional perspective. Photorealism idealized and often fetishized a detached, banal urban framework. Peterson's work captured the same contemporary culture in an alternate reality - hyperreality - one that has illuminated mass consumerism, systemic classism and cultural decadence.
His socially conscious paintings are products of an extraordinary labor of compassion. A radical painter, Peterson's compelling virtuosity addresses the timeless human condition with precision and dignity.